Check it out! Margit Sage of Ominous Whimsy nominated me for a Liebster Award! Liebe really IST für alle da!
1. Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them. (Done)
2. Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator. (See below)
3. Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers. (See below)
4. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer. (down further below)
5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them. (Message delivered)
ONE: What is the soundtrack to a great writing day for you?
RAMMSTEIN. At least right now. Ask me again in a few weeks and it may be showtunes, The Duhks, Qntal, Christen Lien; who knows.
TWO: Is there a song that embodies your favorite character (or poem) that you’ve written? If so, what is it?
Almost all my characters have theme songs. Music helps us set the tone. For one of my toughest, hardest characters, Sirenia’s “Save Me From Myself” jumped out immediately. The song is so mournful, it reminded me of all the impossible choices she made and decisions she refuses to second-guess. She amasses political and martial power because she’s hurting; and no amount of armor will ever be able to make her feel safe again.
THREE: Do you know exactly what each of your characters looks like? Or do you just have some vague notion (or none at all)? Does your visual conception of characters change over time?
Some characters are as clear as day — right down to their cheekbones and the smell of their sweat. Other characters are more vague, as though they’re two blocks away. I have a file of image references, but connect more strongly to their personality than their appearance.
FOUR: Why do you write?
Because I have to.
FIVE: How does your writing begin? With a visual, a concept, or something else entirely?
It always feels like addiction in the beginning. Sometimes it’s a piece of music. Sometimes it’s visual, like a key on a bracelet. Unbearable emotion is another source. If I can’t talk about it — or talking isn’t enough — I apply those feelings in a completely different context and let them unravel there.
SIX: When you write, where are you? What are you surrounded with/by?
I am in the story. I am in the character. Whoever is talking and thinking — whoever the narration focuses on — I am in their soul and their heart, feeling around. If they laugh, I laugh. If they cry, I cry.
SEVEN: What author do you wish every writer you talk to had previously read?
Joe Abercrombie. Or Paulo Coelho. Or both — I love a hard-ass with a soul.
EIGHT: What are your writing goals this year?
Snag an agent for my fantasy novel, finish the steam book, and finish the antichrist book.
NINE: What advice would you like to share with your blog readers right now?
That thing you want to do, you can do it. Seriously. Even if you’re scared.
TEN: What is the reaction you’re most hoping for from your readers? What reaction would put a giant grin on your face?
I want them to feel. I want them to relate. I want them to step outside themselves for just a moment and realize how much more is possible — and then I want them to pass it on.
On a more superficial level, I want to see them dress up as my characters for a packed reading at the Castro Theater. That would be such a great party.
- What’s the harshest piece of criticism you’ve grown from?
- If you had to be without one of your five senses, which would it be and why?
- What material is hard for you to write, and how do you tackle it (emotional rawness, erotica, gore, etc)?
- What did you have in mind when you started blogging, and how did your blog deviate from your original idea?
- What’s the strangest compliment you’ve ever received?
- What question do you wish people would ask you, and how would you answer?
- How do you deal with an unhealthy obsession (if you don’t have obsessions, I suspect you’re fibbing — but go ahead and give advice for ‘your friend’ who does)?
- What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to do, and what would be the first step toward accomplishing that goal?
- What makes you a great friend?
- What does your personal paradise look, sound, and smell like?
“The world is not obligated to care.”
– David Drake, from Shared Worlds Exhibit
“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return.”
– Eden Ahbez